In the beginning of our T1D journey we’re always very cautious. Especially when it comes to Medical Alert ID.

…Don’t give a correction dose sooner than 3hrs. OK!

…Carry around a glucagon pen wherever you go. WILL DO!

…Wear a medical alert ID. GOT IT!

But overtime, as we get more comfortable with T1D, we get more lax. We bend the rules, we learn how our diabetes works, and we do what makes the most sense for us.

For me (and maybe you too) this meant not wearing a medical alert ID.

Why I Stopped Wearing a Medical Alert ID

I figured the odds of me passing out alone (without someone who knows I have T1D) are pretty slim since mostly everyone I’m around all day knows I have diabetes. And in the off chance that #1. My body doesn’t alert me to a low and #2 that my CGM doesn’t can’t catch a low, by the time the EMT’s arrive they’ll find out pretty fast that I have diabetes since one of the first things they do is a BG check…on everyone.

But Then Things Changed…

One day, when I was looking at my favorite medical alert ID’s website, I came across something that made me start wearing my medical alert ID again.

Here’s what I read:

Reasons You should Wear an ID

  1. If you can’t speak for yourself, your ID will speak for you.
  2. Your ID can prevent serious delays in treatment by saving crucial time during the “golden hour” of medical treatment.
  3. Your ID enables First Responders to immediately contact family members and friends.
  4. Your ID enables family members to provide additional details about your health or give consent for potentially life saving procedures.
  5. Your ID enables hospital staff to locate vital medical records.
  6. Your ID can communicate medical conditions or allergy information to medical staff.

The website also shared this stat:

Accidents happen far more than you think they do. Each year approximately 450,000 of us are taken to hospitals unconscious and without identification.

And this IG reel really sealed the deal:

Needless to say (and as you can see by the title of this post), my medical alert ID has become a staple in my fit, once again.

My favorite ID, HANDS DOWN, is RoadID’s stretch band. Anytime I try a different style or brand I always go back to RoadID.

Medical Alert ID RoadID

If you have more of a feminine style then check out the engraved bracelets on Etsy like this one.

Gold Bar Chain Medical Alert ID Type 1 Diabetes

There are SO MANY different styles and fits out there, you won’t have any trouble finding one that fits your vibe and needs.

Let’s Talk in the Comments

Do you wear an ID? Why or why not? If you came back to it, what made you come back?

4 Comments

  1. Candace July 2, 2024 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    I have a similar story. I wore one all the time after diagnosis. 8 years in i found myself wearing it less and less. Then after a year or so of NOT wearing one I’m back to wearing it. It was such a pain taking it off every night and putting it back on in the morning. When i have one that i can leave on 24/7 i wear it a lot more.

    • T1D Living July 8, 2024 at 11:13 am - Reply

      agreed! If i have to take it on and off…. it’s staying off. Not by choice, but by the pure fact that i will forget its existence. LOL

  2. Rick Phillips July 6, 2024 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    My necklace has saved me twice. Both times, I could not speak, but my necklace spoke.

    • T1D Living July 8, 2024 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Oh man, how scary, but also so good you had it on! It’s always better to have it and not need it, than it need it and not have it. Glad you’re ok!

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